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Chinua Mosley Makes History Using Children’s Books to Resurrect Century-Old Nigerian Writing System

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Chinua Mosley, a father of two kids and the author of the unusual children’s book Nsibiri Anatomy, is working to revive the Nsibiri writing system used in southern Nigeria. His language and writing-focused book, which is presently available on Amazon and is based in Covington, Georgia, gives Black parents and teachers all around the world another kid-friendly book to stock their shelves with.

The book Nsibiri Anatomy (ISBN: 979- 8-9860644-0-6) is a useful instructional resource for people who want to simultaneously learn Igbo, Nsibiri, and even English. This book is made to help English-speaking families learn the fundamentals of Nsibiri symbols.

All of these requirements are met by Nsibiri Anatomy, which is also entertaining, instructive, and artistically appealing. The characters are shown discovering information about various bodily components. On the left side of the page, readers will find the English name for each bodily part, and on the right, they will learn the Igbo translation and Nsibiri sign. Every teaching is accompanied with words and their corresponding symbols. To help readers with the pronunciation of the Igbo terms, Mosley has given pronunciation breakdowns in the book.

Characters in the picture book are young people of color. Mosley wants to encourage young people in the African diaspora to pick up the language and write.

Mosley is an author, illustrator, and educator who wrote the bilingual children’s book promoting the Nsibiri writing system. In the current world, Igbo is still widely spoken, but Nsibiri is falling behind. The instructor claims that the witting system, which was established in 400 AD, is deteriorating. According to Mosley, the Nsibiri writing system, which originated in Nigeria, uses symbols to represent whole words. His goals are in line with those of Nigerian graphic artist Chiadikobi, whose goal is to revive Nsibiri through fonts and a lexicon.

Mosley, a proponent of representation and culture, claims that “Children’s books likewise lack pigmentation. There aren’t enough books with darker complexion, even those that do feature variety. Black children in the diaspora will learn new words to write in Nsibiri while parents are encouraged to preserve African culture by teaching their children to use the native script. Mosley is aware that by learning Nsibiri from Nsibiri Anatomy, Black families and educators will be able to appreciate their ethnic backgrounds. Adults may enjoy learning the language and writing with their children, the author says.

Visit Chinua Mosley‘s Amazon author page to find out more information on Nsibiri Anatomy whether you’re a parent who wants your kids to feel connected to their African heritage or an educator who wants to keep African customs alive.

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